FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2003
TRENT INTRODUCES VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE INTO THE CLASSROOM
The Special Needs Department at Trent University has introduced voice recognition technology into some classrooms on campus.
Called the Liberated Learning Project, this new initative involves the translation of a professor’s dialogue, during a lecture, into text that is displayed to the class on a large screen. This is particularly beneficial for students with special needs who learn better with visual cues. The technology also allows for lecture materials to be available, after class, for students who need to process information at an alternative pace.
To bring this technology
to Trent, Eunice Lund-Lucas, co-ordinator of the Special Needs Department,
has been working with the Atlantic Centre of Research, Access and Support
for Students with Disabilities at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
Saint Mary’s created the Liberated Learning Project.
Other colleges and universities involved in the project include the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, University College of Cape Breton, Cambrian College and California State University. Ryerson University and Durham College were involved in phase one of the project.
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